“I wish he was here to see how much people loved him,” said Sharlan Bailey, as he delivered the eulogy for his father Dr Winston “Mighty Shadow” Bailey, in front of a mass of white-clad well-wishers at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
“I don’t think he ever understand how much people loved him,” he added.
But while the love for the Bassman was evident following his death last week, former President Anthony Carmona bemoaned the lack of appreciation for Shadow’s music in his own country.
President Paula-Mae Weekes has paid tribute to Winston “Mighty Shadow” Bailey, who died at hospital on Tuesday morning.
In a statement yesterday, Weekes said while the word is often overused and incorrectly used, Shadow, 77, who died at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex after ailing for some time, was indeed worthy of the title icon. She offered condolences to Shadow’s family and friends on his passing.
The University of the West Indies (UWI) has announced that it will still go ahead and confer an honorary doctorate to Winston Mc Garland Bailey, also known as The Mighty Shadow, posthumously later this week.
In a release moments ago as it joined the rest of the community in mourning his death earlier today, UWI described Bailey as one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most prolific singers/ songwriters.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has paid tribute to calypsonian The Mighty Shadow who died this morning.
Persad-Bissessar issued the following statement on Tuesday.
Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles is extending condolences to the family and loved ones of the late Winston Bailey better known as ‘Mighty Shadow’, who passed away in Trinidad today.
Bailey who grew up in Les Coteaux, Tobago with his grandparents, began singing from a very young age.
His talents and competence in the calypso and soca arena afforded him the privilege of capturing titles such as Road March winner, Calypso Monarch winner and International Soca Monarch winner with hits such as “Bassman”, “I come out to play”, “Scratch Meh Back” and “Stranger”.
The calypso fraternity has been thrown into mourning following the death early this morning of veteran Winston “Mighty Shadow” Bailey.
Bailey, who celebrated his 77th birthday on October 2, died at hospital this morning after ailing for some time and suffering a stroke on Sunday.
Calypsonians The Mighty Shadow and Calypso Rose, and Special Olympics Gold Medallist Akeem Stewart are among persons honoured at the Tobago Day Awards held on Sunday.
The awards seek to honour Tobagonians who have excelled in different areas.
Calypso Rose was the first woman to win the coveted Road March title in 1977, and the Calypso Monarch title in 1978.